Accession Number : ADA293788

Title :   Contextual Interference Effects on Acquisition and Transfer of a Complex Motor Task.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Oct 93-Mar 94,

Corporate Author : GALAXY SCIENTIFIC CORP LACKLAND AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Goettl, Barry P.

PDF Url : ADA293788

Report Date : FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Research in motor skill and verbal memory suggests that random sequencing of trials results in retention and transfer that is superior to blocked presentation of trials. The contextual interference effect is based largely on relatively simple motor and verbal tasks. The present study explores the generalizability of the contextual interference effect to a complex flight simulator task. Subjects were assigned to three groups: whole-task training, low contextual interference, high contextual interference. Results indicated that whole task subjects showed the best retention and that the two contextual interference groups did not differ. Additionally, all three groups showed equivalent performance on the transfer task. These results suggest that the contextual interference effect may not generalize to complex tasks.

Descriptors :   *MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY), *FLIGHT SIMULATORS, *VERBAL BEHAVIOR, ACQUISITION, SKILLS, FLIGHT TRAINING, TRANSFER, LEARNING, MOTORS.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE